Can we no longer ask questions???

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, you did us all a great service. You spoke to power, you questioned your leaders, and in the finest traditions of a democracy you stood up and put it to ‘em.

Because of this brave act I now know how much you made in 2006, that you are divorced, you wouldn’t have been all that affected by Obama’s tax plan, you’re not a papered plumber in Ohio, and you’re 34. You can thank the media for this, personally I never cared. But for standing up and speaking to power your private life has been plastered all over the United States.

 

Gone is the discussion over Progressive Taxes. Gone is the discussion of Obama’s policies and what they really mean for an economy and culture like America’s. Gone is the discussion of how Obama’s philosophy applies to American reality.

Joe, your story isn’t sad because of you, it’s sad because the best Republican Party strategists trying to get McCain elected were trumped by a 34 year old plumber who asked a simple question.

And it’s really sad when a regular, private citizen exercising his right to question his leaders is rewarded by having his private life barfed up all over the MSM, his integrity and honour made the issue instead of the policy of the would be ruler.

I do not care how much you made in 2006. I do not care that you aren’t papered in Ohio. I do not care, and can’t even imagine the relevance, that you are divorced.  You scared the American media, who are (almost) totally in the Obama camp, so they went out and got all the information they could, sent it to press and violated your right to privacy. If there is no legal violation, certainly there is one in spirit.

I wouldn’t be surprised, and would totally understand, if you never wanted to question another politician in your life. The media decided to make you the issue, even though the issue you raised with Obama is the one that directly relates to them and the country.

Joe, do you know what is really scary about your story? It’s that the media doesn’t understand the damage it’s doing to itself by pillorying citizens who question their leaders. If the people are too scared to stand up and question their politicians for fear of having their private lives exposed all over the media then the people will stop questioning and we’re one step closer to complete political apathy – glassy eyed citizens blindly accepting what the government – or any power structure – says.

In such a world, even if the media does do its job and exposes a corrupt government, would we even care? They helped turn us into docile subjects and in the process diminished all value they used to bring to our culture.

By creating a climate of fear, those who would speak to power won’t, and our shared value of questioning our rulers will be diminished.  ‘The Devil’ is that much closer to his goal, and all thanks to the media. 

Their error is self destructive. The media is supposed to be an institution we rely on. The more they contribute to a process that makes private citizens scared to question their leaders, the more destruction they do to their own foundations.  

But just as worse is the response from the Biden and Obama camp.  They are now in the process of mocking Joe the Plumber.  Insulting him personally and questioning the legitimacy of the man who would dare question Obama; the very Obama that sought out Joe for questioning.

“A plumber is the guy he’s fighting for,” Obama sneered. The word “plumber” was delivered as if he were saying “crap” or some similar adjective. The crowd hoots and jeers.

Then Obama lies when he intimates that Joe is making $250,000 a year.

“How many plumbers you know making a quarter million dollars a year?” Obama asked.

Well, of course Joe never said he made $250,000 a year but rather that he wanted to buy a company and hoped to make $250-$280 thousand.

What a jerk!  So tell me again how the Democrats are fighting for the little guys?  It sounds like they are only fighting for Democrats.  Unity huh???

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